Donation may help prevent surgery

League of Friends treasurer Sue Goddard and chairman Maureen Young with members of the bladder and bowel team, left to right, staff nurse Catherine Cleugh, safe care lead Julie Fawcett, secretary Samantha Matlock and clinical nurse specialist Gillian Bowden.
League of Friends treasurer Sue Goddard and chairman Maureen Young with members of the bladder and bowel team, left to right, staff nurse Catherine Cleugh, safe care lead Julie Fawcett, secretary Samantha Matlock and clinical nurse specialist Gillian Bowden.
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New equipment provided by the League of Friends of South Tyneside Hospitals is helping women deal with a common, often distressing problem.

Urinary incontinence is one problem associated with weakened pelvic muscles and the charity’s donation of £400 has enabled South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust’s bladder and bowel team to buy six additional units used to stimulate these muscles.

Catherine Cleugh, staff nurse with the team who work with patients living in South Tyneside and Sunderland, said: “Urinary incontinence can be experienced by women of all ages.

“Using a pelvic floor stimulation unit as part of an individual’s treatment programme can help to promote continence and to prevent the need for surgery.

“We are extremely grateful to the League of Friends for their donation.”